St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Tidings - Week of March 18 2018
God’s Lavish Love for You
Our Good Book Club is reading the Gospel of Luke and Acts this Lent and into Easter. This week we’re reading the parable of the prodigal son which I’m sure you know well. The word prodigal is often thought to mean wasteful or reckless because it’s the description of the son but the word actually means generous or lavish giving. The son is prodigal because he's related to a generous father who lavishes love on him. Being generous is a part of our spiritual DNA because we were created in the image of God. The first letter of John says: We love because he first loved us.
God loves us and desires for us to be happy and will provide everything we need if we will just trust him. No matter how far away we’ve wandered from God, no matter how selfishly we have taken his love and provision for granted, God is on the front porch keeping vigil, waiting expectantly for our return, with the promise of giving us the best robe, shoes, food and to give us everything that is His.
All we have to do it come to our senses and return home. In a way, this is what our Lenten pilgrimage is all about: coming to our senses and returning home where God is keeping watch with expectant hope, waiting for us to come into sight where He can run out to greet us.
Perhaps this is where you find yourself today — if only in one aspect of your life — lost, tired, hungry, and knee deep in a pig sty. Jesus is beckoning us to come home. When you come to the altar on Sunday, raise your hands and give him all that burdens you in exchange for the nourishment of a piece of bread and a sip of wine; his body and blood. These are not the scraps we have become accustomed to but rather a foretaste of the Heavenly banquet that our prodigal God is calling us to enjoy. Receive it freely with joy and hear Jesus say: Welcome home!
Mother Molly +
Holy Week and Easter Schedule
Palm Sunday March 25 -10 a.m.
Blessing of the Palms and Passion Narrative
Maundy Thursday March 29 7 pm
Gli Amici Chamber Ensemble , Washing of the Feet, and Holy Communion, Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday 11 a.m. Walk From Oaks By the Bay Park With the Cross 12 noon Solemn Liturgy
Easter Vigil Saturday March 31 st
First Fire of Easter 5:30 p.m.
in the garden
First Eucharist of Easter Followed by a Gala Reception
Easter Sunday 10 a.m.
Festal Holy Eucharist with Special Music
Easter Egg Hunt
Flowers for Easter
If you would like to give flowers or music at Easter, either in memory or in honor of someone, please fill out the form which will be in your bulletin and put it, along with a check marked “Easter Flowers or Music,” in the offering plate. Flowers ar 2 for $15.
April 14 Discipleship Day
Please read ! We plan to take a team again this year.
Discipleship Day is our annual day of workshops designed to prepare disciples for "Being the Church." Sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, and hosted this year by St. Simon's On-the-Sound, 28 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Ft. Walton Beach Florida. Last year over 150 people participated! The event is free, but pre-registration is required.
We have six workshops lined up for you:
The Rev. Scott Gunn - Catalysts for Growth: How Your Congregation Can Grow Spiritually (and Numerically)
The Rev. Ken Howard - Learning to Love Our Neighborhoods Again: Practical Strategies for Understanding and Engaging Our Communities
The Rev. Colette Wood - Spiritual Care of Those with Alzheimer's and Dementia
Bishop Russell Kendrick - Bringing Curiosity and Creativity to Worship
Deacon Clelia Garrity - Asset Based Community Development: Creating Partnerships that Change the World
Astrida Miller, Bill Miller, Rachel Harding, Peter Horn, and Deacon Terry Goff - Loving Your Neighbor through the Vision and Efforts of Episcopal Migration Ministries
Christian Formation for Children & Adults Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
Adult Discussion Group - Forty Minutes on Faith: How does the Gospel shape our daily lives? Each Sunday, adults gather to share questions and perspectives about the Sunday Gospel -- our emphasis is on growing spiritually, understandings Jesus' teachings, and understanding how God works in Christians' lives. Adults meet in the Parish Hall (Byrne Hall) 9:00 - 9:40 a.m.
In the Atrium – After all the excitement of the Christmas stories, we have been getting back into our regular routine. We have revisited the gestures of the Eucharist and learned about the lavabo. During Lent, we will be studying Jesus’ parables. We will review the parables of the Good Shepherd and the Mustard Seed and hear about the parables of the Precious Pearl and the Found Sheep. We will also be doing a children’s version of Stations of the Cross.
Our program, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, is for children ages 3-12. Please invite your children, grandchildren and friend’s children to join us.
Stations of the Cross
FRIDAYS IN LENT
February 16 - March 23
11:00 a.m. FOLLOWED BY LIGHT LUNCH OF SOUP AND SALAD. If you can provide soup and salad one Friday, please sign up on the bulletin board.
EASTER EGG HUNT
We will be having an Easter Egg Hunt after church on Easter. We have plenty of plastic eggs but we need candy, stickers, toys and small trinkets to fill the eggs. If you’d like to donate items, please drop them off at the office or contact Sally Brewer (270-305-6360). We will need the goodies by Palm Sunday. Thank you!
On April 21 and 22, Rev. John Rice, a missionary from the Order of St. Luke, will lead a healing mission here at St Andrews Episcopal Church. The theme of the mission will be “Praying as Jesus Taught”. On Saturday, the 21st, there will be three teaching sessions and one ministry session. · Two sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon. According to Rev. Rice “Teachings would be something like this:”
o “Listening to God, Hearing God”
o “Praying with Power and Authority”
o “Forgive and Be Healed”
o “Come, Holy Spirit”
Sunday at 10 am, Communion service will include a healing service and Rev Rice will give the sermon. This mission is open to the community and there is no charge for the teaching sessions. A love offering will be taken. Preregistration for the Saturday sessions is required as space is limited. If you are in need of healing or feel drawn to this ministry please mark your calendar and join us. Contact Cheryl Stanley (850) 532-3802for more information or to register.
Thursday, March 22nd, we will be at the Wash Depot on 11th Street from 5-7 for Laundry Love. This ministry provides funds and laundry detergent to needy families in our community to wash their belongings. You can support this ministry in prayer, by joining us at the laundromat, or bringing snacks or bottled water on Sunday for us to share while laundry is being done. If you have any questions please contact Mother Molly, Michael Hardin or Diane Tate.
SAVE THE DATE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN HAITI?
The Sunday after Easter, April 8th, the Rev. Deacon Clelia Garrity from St. Simons, Ft. Walton Beach, will join us for a potluck after the service to share her experiences doing medical mission work in Haiti. She brings a message of hope and ideas- please plan to join us in Byrne Hall.
Michael Hardin is our new Sacristan
At its last meeting, the vestry voted to bring Michael Hardin on board as Sacristan. This means he will work alongside Scot MacFarland doing the things that need to be done around the campus. Michael brings skills and knowledge to this position from past experience. We are so grateful to have him in this position.
If you have any special request for the Sunday bulletin, please email or call the office by noon on Wednesday so that we can make sure the request is included. Thank you.
We pray for our men and women in the Armed Forces at home and abroad: David, Jason, Billy, Colin, Todd, Jordan, Jeremiah, Richard. James, Jeffrey Brewer, 455TH Air Expeditionary Wing, Robert H. Banks lll
St Andrew's Episcopal Church
1608 Baker Ct. Panama City FL 32401 (Parking is along Baker Ct. and in the lot at Baker & Fairland)
Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or by appointment